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Coronavirus: latest news

We know this is an uncertain time for a lot of people. We've brought together the latest news and updates locally and from the government, so you can see what's happening.

What you need to do

Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly
  • self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms. Do not leave your home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

More information is available on the Government website.

Find out where to get government advice on staying safe in another language.

Going back to work? Government guidance is available on working safely during coronavirus.

Support for care homes

COVID-19 has presented an unprecedented challenge for social care. There is an extraordinary amount of work taking place with local authorities and care providers, working in partnership with the NHS to provide care and support for the many people who need it, helping to keep people safe.

The government requested a short overview of current activity and support from system partners. Read Middlesbrough Council's response.


From Monday 1 June, parks will return to normal summer opening hours. Visitors must still stick to social distancing rules.

The car park at Stewart Park will reopen, but children's play parks and play equipment will continue to be fenced off.

The parks will continue to be monitored, including by the council's Street Wardens.

The current opening hours (Albert Park open from 7am to 12pm, and Stewart Park open from 7am to 5pm) will still be in effect this weekend.

Discretionary Business Grant

Eligible businesses are invited to express an interest in the new discretionary grant funding. The discretionary fund is limited to £1.1 million. Claims will only be paid once the accurate completion of the form including supporting evidence is made. Payment of the discretionary grant will be done on a first come first served basis.

Find out more about the eligibility criteria and apply online.


On Sunday 10 May, the Prime Minister announced that schools can start to admit nursery, reception, year 1, and year 6 children from June 1. The council's Director of Children’s Services and Director of Education, Prevention, and Partnerships have written to parents of primary-age children to explain the approach schools in Middlesbrough are taking to this announcement. Read the schools update letter.

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will allow small and medium sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related SSP.

Employers will be able to make their claims through a new online service from May 26. This means they will receive repayments at the relevant rate of SSP that they have paid to current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020.

Find out more about the scheme on GOV.UK.


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